California State University, East BayWilliam Randolph Hearst Scholar
As a young immigrant from the Philippines, Angela Mae Platon had to adapt to
a new culture while keeping her sense of self and maintaining good grades. She
and her mother strived to create an ideal life despite overwhelming adversity,
including her parents’ divorce and financial hardship. Their struggle motivated
her to invest in her education, so she could provide them both with a better life.
Angela is a sophomore at California State University, East Bay majoring in
kinesiology and pre-nursing studies. Her interest in helping people led her
to pursue a career in healthcare and encouraged her volunteer work at John
Muir Health Hospital. As a student leader she served on the ASI Concord
Committee, organizing activities to enrich the student experience on the
With a 3.9 GPA, Angela plans to apply to nursing programs this fall and earn
her bachelor of science degree in nursing and Registered Nursing license. She
aspires to become a maternity nurse and aid families in the birthing process.